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Despite being a movie revolving around a team of supervillain operatives, there will still be a superhero presence next year in Suicide Squad. Batman will be dropping by for a car chase with The Joker (and maybe a few more scenes), and Aquaman is also rumored to show up as a prisoner of Amanda Waller’s. Evidently this has led to some wondering if Superman might cameo in the film as well, but according to Henry Cavill, that isn’t the case.
When asked by Metro if Superman will be popping in for Suicide Squad, Cavill said he won’t be, but when asked about a sequel, his response was an enthusiastic "I might be!" Right now the only DC films Cavill is slated to appear in after Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice are Justice League: Part One and Part Two, although Man of Steel 2 is also reportedly being worked on. DC’s film slate also currently stretches to Green Lantern Corps in summer 2020, and while a Batman film may be added during this period, there hasn’t been any word on sequels to Suicide Squad or any of the other solo films. So if Suicide Squad 2 is greenlit, it could be a while until we see it, but it sounds like Cavill is open to the possibility of making an appearance…once his contract is extended, that is.
Although Superman won’t be seen in Suicide Squad, his presence will be felt. In the San Diego Comic-Con footage, Amanda Waller is heard speculating that Superman’s public debut acted as some kind of "beacon" for the superpowered and specially talented to emerge from the shadows. Much like how Iron Man ushered in the MCU, Superman is the DC hero that’s kicking off the crazy happenings in the DC movie universe, which will see the introduction of demigods, underwater monarchs, speedsters, space cops and other enhanced individuals, both good and bad.
In any case, Superman will have his hands full next year dealing with Batman, Lex Luthor (who is also rumored to show up in Suicide Squad) and possibly Doomsday, so the supervillain team is no doubt breathing a sigh of relief that they won’t run into him. It would be interesting to see how the Man of Steel would fit into a Suicide Squad sequel given that he doesn’t interact with them much in the comics. It’s more likely than not that a fight would break out, but since no one on that team is powerful enough to battle the Kryptonian, they would need to recruit someone who’s capable of going toe-to-toe with him. Perhaps that would be the prime time to introduce someone like Metallo or Parasite?
Fans will see Superman back in action when Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice hits theaters on March 25, 2016, with Suicide Squad following on August 5, 2016.